I am pleased to announce my appointment of Dr. Patrick A. Scott as the new lead parish musician at Grace-St. Luke’s following the June 2nd leave of former Organist–Choirmaster, Wesley Emerson, and current service of Interim Organist–Choirmaster, Debbie Smith. Director of Music and Organist, Patrick Scott will arrive in early October from the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, Georgia, where he has served as Organist and Associate Choirmaster since 2014. At the Cathedral, his duties consist of playing for worship services, leading the children’s chorister program, assisting with directing the Cathedral Choir and Cathedral Schola, and planning the concert series. Prior to the Cathedral, Patrick served as Music Associate and Organist at Myers Park United Methodist Church (Charlotte, NC), Organist at University Christian Church (Austin, TX), and Organist at First United Methodist Church (Tuscaloosa, AL). A native of Picayune, Mississippi, Patrick graduated with the degrees of Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance and Master of Music in Organ Performance and Sacred Music from the University of Texas at Austin, and Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from Birmingham-Southern College, and studied with organists, James Cook, Gerre Hancock, and Judith Hancock; extended education includes choral and organ studies in England and France. Master organ classes, recitals, hymn festivals, as well as performance awards and prizes in the art of organ improvisation, have been a considerable part of his formation and refinement as an exceptional organist, conductor, educator, and well-rounded church musician.
As Director of Music and Organist, Patrick will be the principal organist and lead conductor of the Chancel Choir with primary responsibility for selecting the parish music repertoire in consultation with me, and in partnership with Assistant Organist and Choirmaster, Debbie Smith, who is the lead conductor of the Canterbury and St. Cecilia children’s choirs and assists with the Chancel Choir. He also will coordinate music and play for GSL School Chapel and offer hospitality to the Belvedere Chamber Music Festival.
I wish to thank the Director of Music Search Advisory Team (Grant Adams, John Baur, Alice Crow, Natalie Davis, Patricia Gray, Jim Greer, Sidney Hickey, Linda Khumalo, Brenda Maguire, Lucius McGehee, Arthur Nave, Leslie Reddick, Dan Swanson), the Chancel Choir, the Wardens, and the Clergy for the many hours spent in sharing this recruitment process with me. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Patrick Scott to Grace-St. Luke’s Church and School, hold his transition from Atlanta to Memphis in your prayers, and prepare to greet him before or on Sunday, October 13.
The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector
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